A Eulogy on Daniel Webster: Delivered by Request of the City Government and Citizens of Portland, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1852

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Página 44 - I mean to perform it with fidelity, not without a sense of existing dangers, but not without hope. I have a part to act, not for my own security or safety, for I am looking out for no fragment upon which to float away from the wreck, if wreck there must be, but for the good of the whole, and the preservation of...
Página 44 - PRESIDENT, — I wish to speak to-day, not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man, but as an American, and a member of the Senate of the United States.
Página 11 - It is itself the orator of this occasion. It is not from my lips, it could not be from any human lips, that that strain of eloquence is this day to flow most competent to move and excite the vast multitudes around me. The powerful speaker stands motionless before us.
Página 5 - Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be tendered to GEO. Ri£EK for his very able and highly interesting address, and that he be requested to furnish a copy of the same for publication.
Página 36 - ... mercy of the government. That such is the recognized law of the land is owing in no small degree to the ability with which the Dartmouth College case was argued by Mr. Webster. The battle fought and the victory gained in this case were fought and gained for every college and university, for every academy and school, in the United States, endowed with property or possessed of chartered rights.
Página 10 - All flesh is grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of the grass : the grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away ; the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.
Página 14 - Webster this transcendent intellectual power, it is not necessary to deny, that in particular mental attributes, he may have been deficient, either by nature or by practice, in comparison with some others. It may readily be conceded that he displayed less high intuitive perception of truth than Plato, less profound philosophical insight than Coleridge, less imaginative vividness and richness of conception than Burke, less metaphysical acumen than Edwards; and at the same time it may be claimed for...
Página 20 - ... radiant with the breath of divinity." We shall not the better comprehend the magnitude and extent of his powers by exhausting upon them all the superlatives which the vocabulary can furnish. We shall form a false estimate of his early manhood, if we understand literally the statement, that " before the meridian of his life, he had come to stand, in respect to thorough and various legal learning, at the very head of the American bar, and was widely known through the country as the great lawyer...
Página 15 - From some latent bias, perhaps, or from outward circumstances, this original intellectual force took in him a practical rather than a speculative direction, moved in the argumentative rather than in the intuitive process, the logical rather than the metaphysical method.
Página 44 - ... prepared now, in a case equally involving the stability of the Government, to separate from those, whose general policy he approved and had always supported. He foresaw the storm he was raising ; but it did not move him from his purpose. He was willing now, as before, to take his chance among those upon whom blows might fall first and fall thickest. And accordingly on the 7th of March his voice was again heard, in tones as earnest as ever came from his lips, speaking not as a Massachusetts man,...

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